Less than a month ago, Minnesota's own Target unveiled new changes to its self-checkouts and is now making another change.

While self-checkouts may seem to be a relatively new phenomenon at department and grocery stores here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and across the country, they actually aren't all that new. In fact, CNN says the very first self-checkout debuted at a Kroger grocery store in Atlanta way back in 1986.

Since then, of course, self-checkouts have become more and more common. That same CNN story said that in 2020, '29 percent of transactions at food retailers were processed through self-checkouts.' And that figure was an increase from 23 percent reported in 2019, according to data from food industry association FMI, CNN said.

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Back in March, we told you about how Target was introducing Express Self-Checkouts. A release from Target noted that the new Express Self-Checkouts, which were introduced at most of Target's 2,000 stores nationwide, now have limit shoppers to a maximum of 10 items, as well as introducing other policy changes at checkouts.

Courtesy Target
Courtesy Target

The changes were touted as a way to 'make our checkout experience even more enjoyable,' Target said, though some industry analysts said the move was also a way to try to curtail retail theft at self-checkouts.

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Now, Target is reportedly adding another high-tech, camera-based solution to try and crack down on retail theft at its stores. This story from industry site, PYMNT, explains:

The new technology detects items on scanners, alerts the shopper if an item is not scanned, and helps the company track the shopper if they fail to scan items even after being notified, Bloomberg reported, citing internal company documents.

The story said Target itself did not comment on the report, and there's no word on when these new systems might begin appearing at Target stores here in Minnesota and across the country.

Of course, Target's red and white colors and familiar bullseye are some of the most identifiable corporate logos around. Keep scrolling to see how many other companies you can identify by their logos!

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